Experience, Qualifications & Awards

I'm Ellen.

As a versatile design engineer and maker, I'm interested in how thoughtful design can improve our quality of life and craft a better future.


My time studying Product Design Engineering exposed me to the creative atmosphere at the Glasgow School of Art. This informed my interests, spanning beyond industrial design into physical making, interaction design and visual communication. 


My process is driven by curiosity and exploration. My practice involves first understanding user needs, then imagining a better interaction and finally, executing this concept with simplicity. This requires the synthesis of user research, design thinking and engineering rigour, which are all areas I truly enjoy and excel within. I have a design blog if you'd like to read more.


For September - December 2018 I was based in Spain, completing a Graphic Design placement at LAB Sevilla and a vocational course in creative entrepreneurship - and learning Spanish! I enjoyed this explorative time but it also prompted a desire to return to innovative product design, and I am now working on integrating solar technologies into everyday lives with Marjan van Aubel in Amsterdam. 


As an individual, my priorities include always ensuring I eat well with good company, take part and engage fully in exciting work projects, and breathe in fresh air all over the world. 


March 2019 - now


March 2019


Jan - March 2019


Sep - Dec 2018



2013 - 2018



2016 - 2018


June 2018



Oct 2017

June - Aug 2017


June 2017


June - Aug 2015




Design Engineer at Marjan van Aubel, Amsterdam


Freelance Product Design Engineer at Fearsome, Glasgow


Design Engineer in Residence, Glasgow School of Art 


Graphic Design Internship at Lab Sevilla

& Certificate in Creative Entrepreneurship


1st Class MEng, Product Design Engineering (PDE)

Glasgow School of Art & University of Glasgow


Engineering Excellence List, University of Glasgow 


PDE Founder's medal, awarded to the graduating PDE student with the highest GPA (grade point average).


Young Designer of the Year Finalist, Plastic Industry Awards


Design Engineer Internship at BCF Technologies, Scotland


Design Innovation in Plastics Winner, UK


Design Internship at Alligator Ventilfabrik, Germany





Software: Adobe Creative Suite (Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator), Solidworks (Solid & Surface Modelling), Autodesk Fusion 360, Arduino Programming, Microsoft Office.


Physical: Woodwork, Metalwork, manipulating Plastic, Rapid Prototyping (Laser Cutting, 3D Printing, Foam & Card).



Tel: +44 7512262031

Click here to see my CV & References

Let's work together! :)

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